Tamil (Unicode block)

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Range U+0B80..U+0BFF
(128 code points)
Plane BMP
Scripts Tamil
Major alphabets Tamil
Assigned 72 code points
Unused 56 reserved code points
Source standards ISCII
Unicode version history
1.0.0 61 (+61)
4.0 69 (+8)
4.1 71 (+2)
5.1 72 (+1)
Note: [1][2]

Tamil is a Unicode block containing characters for the Tamil, Badaga, and Saurashtra languages of Tamil Nadu India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. In its original incarnation, the code points U+0B02..U+0BCD were a direct copy of the Tamil characters A2-ED from the 1988 ISCII standard. The Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam blocks were similarly all based on their ISCII encodings.


Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+0BBx ி
1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Tamil block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
1.0.0 U+0B82..0B83, 0B85..0B8A, 0B8E..0B90, 0B92..0B95, 0B99..0B9A, 0B9C, 0B9E..0B9F, 0BA3..0BA4, 0BA8..0BAA, 0BAE..0BB5, 0BB7..0BB9, 0BBE..0BC2, 0BC6..0BC8, 0BCA..0BCD, 0BD7, 0BE7..0BF2 61 (to be determined)
L2/01-303 Vikas, Om (2001-07-26), Letter from the Government from India on "Draft for Unicode Standard for Indian Scripts" 
L2/01-304 Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0, 2001-08-02 
L2/01-305 McGowan, Rick (2001-08-08), Draft UTC Response to L2/01-304, "Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0" 
L2/01-430R McGowan, Rick (2001-11-20), UTC Response to L2/01-304, “Feedback on Unicode Standard 3.0” 
4.0 U+0BF3..0BFA 8 L2/01-375R N2381R Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2001-10-11), Proposal to add eight Tamil symbols 
L2/02-112 N2421 Umamaheswaran, V. S. (2002-03-15), Feedback on Tamil Symbols in PDAM2-10646-1 from the INFITT WG on Unicode 
L2/12-150 Ganesan, Naga (2012-05-01), Tamil credit sign (U+0BF7) glyph shape from Printed Books 
L2/12-384 Ganesan, N. (2012-06-11), Comments on Tamil fractions and Tamil credit sign 
N4488 Sharma, Shriramana (2013-09-06), Request to change two glyphs of existing Tamil symbols 
4.1 U+0BB6 1 L2/03-273 Proposal to add Tamil grantha character SHA, 2003-07-29 
L2/03-278 Bhaskararao, Peri (2003-07-29), Review of a Proposal placed before UTC bearing No. L2/03-273, Proposal to encode Tamil SHA 
L2/03-278R N2618 Bhaskararao, Peri (2003-09-14), Review of a Proposal placed before Unicode Technical Committee entitled 'Proposal to add Tamil Letter SHA' (L2/03-273) 
U+0BE6 1 L2/04-073 N2741 Kaplan, Michael (2004-02-01), Proposal to add Tamil Digit Zero 
5.1 U+0BD0 1 L2/06-184 Proposal to add Tamil Om, 2006-04-28 
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.